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Astros designate Dan Straily for assignment; recall Asher Wojciechowski

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Umm...why?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros announced Wednesday that they have designated Dan Straily for assignment.

Straily was included as part of the Astros trade with the Cubs this offseason, sending Dexter Fowler to Chicago for Luis Valbuena and Straily.

Straily, 26, is in his fourth year as a major league pitcher. Jeff Luhnow said at the time during Astros Fan Fest that he had been targeting Straily while he was pitching with the Athletics. Straily had 8-6 record with 3.65 ERA in 98 2/3 innings with Triple A Fresno this season -- he also added 92 strikeouts and 17 walks.

In three appearances this season with the Astros, Straily has given up 10 earned runs over 15 1/3 innings. In his most recent start, he gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings against Texas in a spot start.

The move to designate Straily comes a bit of a surprise as he has had success this past month with Fresno -- he was 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings pitched in July.

The Astros now have 10 days to trade, release, outright him to the minors, or return the player to the 40-man roster.

Asher Wojciechowski has been called up to replace Straily, he started the season with the Astros on the Opening Day Roster.

Wojciechowski made four appearances with the Astros before being sent down, he pitched four innings in all four appearances -- allowing 13 runs in 16 innings. In Fresno, he is 6-2 with a 5.42 ERA in 88 innings pitched with 67 strikeouts and 25 walks.